Restored BN Depot & World War II Museum
Celebrating Railroad Heritage and Honoring World War II Veterans

Located in Red Oak ❤️ The Heart of Southwest Iowa
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Please share the following information with any and everyone you know. Brice was here last year and I had lots of people tell me they didn't know he was here so now - -

Fifth generation railroader Brice Douglas has been searching for historic graffiti for the past five years. Since the Civil War, hobos and tramps have traveled on the rails across the US, often leaving their "mark" along the way. These marks can include carvings, paintings and etchings, mostly on railroad stations, structures and bridges. He will present some of his findings, travels, and research and the ways to protect these unique pieces of American history for future generations. The second part of his presentation will cover his photography from some of the railroads he has worked for (and traveled on) for the past ten years. You’ll see scenes from all over the USA, including Alaska, Montana, the Midwest, Israel, Belgium, Mauritania, Thailand, & as an added bonus, remnants of the Milwaukee Road forty years after its abandonment. This is Brice’s second time presentation at the depot, and we are happy to have him back.

He will be here Monday, March 4, at the Depot and program will start at 1 PM.
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Our Mission is three-fold:

1 Celebrate Red Oak’s railroad heritage by preserving the Burlington Northern (BN, now BNSF) historic depot, which was foundational to Red Oak’s growth and prominence in Southwest Iowa, maintaining documents and artifacts related to Red Oak’s and Southwest Iowa’s railroad history and offering first-hand interaction with railroad history for visitors.

2 Honor veterans and Montgomery County’s long and deep commitment to serving our county by telling the story of Montgomery County’s unique sacrifice by soldiers, families and residents during the Second World War and preserving documents and artifacts related to this story.

3 Provide an affordable, historic and versatile event venue for the community and Southwest Iowa.

305 South Second Street
Red Oak, IA 51566
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1st full week of March thru 2nd week of December:
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – Noon
Other times open by appointment

3rd week of December thru end of February:
Open by appointment only

The Museum is open by appointment during all other times.  Call Jolene Crawford to arrange a visit by appointment or book an event, 712-621-9099.

Support Provided By

* The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

* The National Endowment for the Arts

IDCA Iowa Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts
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